Years ago back in the 1980’s some of the Wana whom we had gone to minister totally rejected the gospel and moved away from our village so they could continue to practice their old cultural ways in peace. “Bue” (grandfather) was one of those, however his kids did not reject the Savior and have been praying and trying to encourage him to listen to the gospel for years. Two of his boys have been serving the Lord as missionaries in two different areas. Below is a letter one our flight personnel wrote about “Bue” who was recently flown out to town for medical help.
Bue (Grandfather) rejected the Gospel. In fact, he was so adamant about his stance that he moved to a Wana village with others who also didn’t want anything to do with the Gospel.
But Bue had a problem. A simple one, really. His foot got infected. He was sure he could just go to the witch doctor, and all would be well.
He knew his sons wouldn’t like it at all, of course. They were so sure of the Creator God. They didn’t even fear the spirits anymore. Instead, they were missionaries, serving the Creator, teaching His message to those who hadn’t heard.
They’d talked with Bue so many times about the Creator God who was all-powerful over the spirits. But he just couldn’t bear to part ways with the tradition of his fathers. How could he turn his back on his ancestors, his living relatives, his friends? And what would the spirits do? He feared their vengeance.
So Bue paid a visit to the witch doctor. But despite the incantations, his foot not only got worse, it started to decay and rot. It infected his whole body. Within a month, he was dying, emaciated and gaunt.
Now where could he turn? The spirits had rejected him. And surely the Creator God would reject him too. How could he possibly ask his boys for help now?
But one of his sons, Saprin, made a decision. He asked pilot Steffan Pyle to fly the helicopter into the village of “Tabe’i” and get his father. It was a matter of life and death. Steffan flew Bue to the city where he was admitted to the hospital. With medical care — including amputation of a toe and a heavy round of antibiotics — Grandfather survived.
But more importantly, it gave the Wana believer a chance to share the gospel. Bue has admitted that the “old way” is not true, and the spirits cannot be trusted. He now wants to be taught and learn about this “good news” after many, many years of rejecting the gospel. He is sure that this “good news” is the true way as it is written down in a “book” – the old ways are not written in a book and cannot be trusted.
We are trusting that through this experience of Bue that the whole village of “Tabe’i” will hear this news! The Creator is indeed more powerful than the witch doctor. While the spirits were willing for Grandfather to die without hope, the Creator made a way to save not only his physical life but his soul, bringing him face to face with the Savior. Bue is now very eager to hear the gospel and is very attentive as he is being carefully taught through the chronological Bible stories. Please pray that he will soon put his trust in Jesus.
“Bue” being carried to the helicopter to be flown to town
In the Hospital on IV
After released from the hospital Bue was taken to recover in one of our Wana missionary’s home
Bue’s son Saprin teaching him the gospel
Saprin loves his dad dearly and trusting he will soon come to know the Lord. Please be praying for Bue and his village.